Hi. My name is Lisa and I am the owner of body kneads yoga. I was first introduced to yoga over 12 years ago and have been on the path of disciplined study ever since. Currently I am informally practicing under Theresa Murphy in her Yin Yasa system. In 2014 our studio will be offering a formal teacher training under Theresa, recognized by Yoga Alliance. I also enjoy practicing under Peentz Dubble in the Iyengar Yoga tradition. I am registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level, having received all of my official certifications from my beloved teachers and friends; Dave and Cheryl Oliver of Scottsdale, Arizona. There we studied hatha yoga in the Ashtanga tradtion but also began a deeper study of the Sanskrit language, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. and Vedic chant. I continue to steep my knowledge with other nationally recognized teachers including; Dharma Mittra, Tias Little, Ana Forrest, Nicolai Bachman, Sarah Powers, and Richard Freeman. My yoga teaching style draws from many traditions; the physical discipline of Ashtanga; the alignment focused Iyengar tradition; the mindfulness and intelligence of the Prajna Yoga and Yin Yasa yoga systems, and the compassionate teachings of Sarah Powers in the Yin style of yoga. My classes will always have elements of yoga philosophy woven into the asana practice offering respect to the wisdom teachings. I believe every person who comes in to practice yoga has all the tools they need to be well balanaced and happy. My responsibility as a teacher is to help each person find and utilize their own gifts, each of us already has, and to create a safe space for that process. I have also taken it on the road and taught yoga in some amazing places like Arizona, Jamaica, and Mexico.
Since I believe yoga is for every body, I cover a broad spectrum of ages in my teachings. Along with my regular classes at body kneads yoga, I am on the adjunct faculty staff at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI teaching yoga at the Chase Wellness and Athletic Center to staff, students and athletes. I also lead a chair yoga and breathing class at an assisted living home for people with dementia in Cranston, RI. Although I do not teach yoga for children specifically, many people who practice at body kneads yoga feel comfortable enough to bring their children to class with them and practice as a family.